Vulnerability is powerful. Authenticity is powerful. “Being yourself” is powerful.
Why then, is it so difficult for us to practice these things, and this kind of leadership in our daily lives?
When in your life have you felt most connected, most known, and most loved? When have you most authentically expressed yourself? I imagine, if your life is anything like mine, the times that come to mind have absolutely nothing to do with any job that you have ever had, or work that you have done. Your answer most likely has to do with loved ones, family, friends, and deep life-long connections that you have built or sustained over your lifetime.What if we could change that? What if we could make work, and the work that we do a place where it is common to be completely authentic, known, and cared for as a human being?
Understand that I’m not saying that our workplaces need to transform into yoga studios or places where we do guided meditations and spend our time in conference rooms really getting to the “heart-center” of one another. (I don’t think 99% of the world would go for that anyway!)
But what if the work that we did, and the people for whom we worked allowed us the space to bring those parts of us to our work? We get so caught up in looking good in front of one another that it’s almost become a right-of-passage in our work to completely eliminate any of the “real” parts of ourselves.
I want our work to be different.
I want you to be more of who you are in your work and your life.
I want you to be a leader who shares their vulnerabilities, their fears, their joys, and their dreams.
Because other people will follow you and your example.
These are the kind of people we need to change the world.